The City of Calgary has passed Vaccine Passport Bylaw 65M2021 that will require in-scope businesses of Alberta’s Restriction Exemption Program to check patrons for proof of vaccines, medical exemption or negative COVID-19 test.
This means that starting Sept. 23rd, restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, bingo halls, VLT lounges, entertainment and recreation centres, museums, art galleries, movie theatres, meeting spaces, halls, and rented spaces, weddings and funerals held in public facilities, and other in-scope operators will not be allowed to opt-out of asking for the requisite documents and operate with restrictions.
The provincial Restrictions Exemption Program and Vaccine Passport Bylaw apply to all recreation facilities, including those operated by the city of Calgary.
Businesses are also required to show signage about mandatory vaccines outside the window starting tomorrow.
The city says the Bylaw M2021 was passed “to ensure consistency for both businesses and patrons, to make vaccine verification easier to understand, and to protect the safety of all Calgarians.”
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said, “This bylaw will create a level playing field for business in Calgary and provide clear guidance on how to apply the requirement for proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.”
This also means the City peace officers will be enforcing the bylaw.
Any person aged 12 years and older must show identification and either proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or a medical exemption from vaccine letter.
A failure to provide required documentation can result in a penalty of $500 for patrons aged 12 and older while businesses that fail to display the signage or fail to ask for proof of vaccines can face a penalty of $200 and $500 respectively.